Ten percent of Lindsay to feel the effects of Basic Income

The Lindsay Advocate

By April 16, about 2,000 Lindsay residents will be on the Ontario Basic Income Pilot – will you be one of them?

That’s the cut-off date the Province is imposing on any new basic income sign-ups. Those sign-ups have been happening every week for months now, held alternately at Celebrations and the Lindsay branch of Kawartha Lakes Public Library.

“We’re pleased with the progress we’ve made since we first launched the Ontario Basic Income Pilot last spring,” says government spokesperson, George Mason.

“As of March, 2018, we currently have over 4,000 of the 6,000 pilot participants enrolled, including comparison group members, in Hamilton, Brantford and Brant County, Thunder Bay and the surrounding area, and Lindsay.

Mason says that about 4,000 participants will actually be receiving basic income in total across the three Pilot locations, with an approximate breakdown of 1,000 participants in the Hamilton, Brantford and Brant County location; 1,000 in the Thunder Bay and the surrounding area and 2,000 here in Lindsay.

“There will also be a comparison group of 1,000 people in the Hamilton, Brantford, and Brant County location, and 1,000 people in Thunder Bay and the surrounding area,” he adds, also known as a ‘control group.’

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Why the left and right should embrace a universal basic income

Globe and Mail

As Ontario pilots a basic-income program, support for the concept is growing. For instance, in a recent Northeastern University/Gallup survey, 48 per cent of Americans supported the implementation of a universal basic income, up from 12 per cent in a poll 10 years ago.

What the evidence from the Ontario pilot suggests is that from a social perspective, a basic income improves mental and physical health, which in turn encourages recipients to find more gainful employment. The basic income provides a firm foundation from which people are able to afford to look after themselves, worry-free.

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Basic Income: The Free Money Experiments (video)

By Jason Bellini

Wall Street Journal

Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Richard Branson and other tech titans are promoting the idea of universal basic income, as a way to help citizens weather job disruptions caused by emerging technologies.

Canada is giving it a try, with a pilot program that gives participants up to $17,000 annually for three years — no strings attached. WSJ’s Jason Bellini checks in on this free money experiment. 

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New cartoon makes the case for basic income

Basic Income Canada Network has published a new cartoon that makes the case for basic income - see below! The cartoon is also available as a PDF file and a JPG file.

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Still about 1,200 spots left for basic income

The Lindsay Advocate

In the three cities in Ontario where basic income is being tested – which includes Lindsay – there are still about 1,200 open spots for lower income people.

If you’re working or own your own business but just not earning enough, or if you’re on Ontario Works or disability, you might be eligible.

Potential basic income recipients must live in Lindsay and have been living there for at least the past 12 months. As well, you must be:

  • 18 to 64 years old (for the entire duration of the three-year study)
  • living on a low income (under $34,000 per year if you’re single or under $48,000 per year if you’re a couple)
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It's time to have a national dialogue on basic income

Vinusha Gunaseelan

A basic income guarantee has been back in the news a lot lately, thanks to Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Branson, Elon Musk and other tech giants who have been publicly endorsing the concept.

But it’s not just talk in Canada.

Ontario is piloting a basic income across three cities, Quebec has brought in a basic income for those who have a limited capacity to work, and BC just set aside $4 million to investigate the feasibility of a basic income for the province in their recent budget – with other Canadian provinces and countries observing these measures closely.  The Senate of Canada also passed a motion with cross partisan support to have the federal government consider a national basic income pilot project.

The idea has legs across the political spectrum.  Why is it resonating so widely?

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More Americans now support a universal basic income


Political philosopher and economist Karl Widerquist remembers a poll from 10 years ago that showed just 12 percent of Americans approved of a universal basic income.

That's changed — and quickly. Today, 48 percent of Americans support it, according to a new Northeastern University/Gallup survey of more than 3,000 U.S. adults.

The survey looked at universal basic income as a solution for Americans who have lost jobs to automation.

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